The worsening security situation in South-Central Somalia continues to jeopardize the work of local and international aid agencies trying to assist millions of Somalis who are in need of humanitarian assistance.
On 22 December, unknown gunmen shot dead the head of WFP security guards in Belet Weyne town. The motive for the killing has not yet been determined. On 27 December, unknown masked gunmen shot and killed a staff of a local NGO (Jubbaland) at his residence in Belet Xaawo town, Gedo region. The gunmen reportedly entered the house of the victim and shot him several times in the presence of his family. The latest murders bring to ten the number of aid-related workers killed in Somalia in 2009. In total ten aid workers are currently held in captivity.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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